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Salman Rushdie Quotes and Sayings

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A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

Related topics: Poetry

If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion,
I would say I was against it.
- Salman Rushdie

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game.
Free speech is life itself.
- Salman Rushdie

One of the extraordinary things about human events
is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
- Salman Rushdie

 

Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
- Salman Rushdie

Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds,
their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels,
beneath the dust of habit.
- Salman Rushdie

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is
not entirely a rational and conscious one.
- Salman Rushdie

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Our lives are not what we deserve; they are,
let us agree, in many ways deficient.
- Salman Rushdie

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air,
that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs,
is the point from which fiction begins.
- Salman Rushdie

What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is
first their sensibility and tenderness;
second,
their imagination, and third, their industry.
- Salman Rushdie

Throughout human history, the apostles of purity,
those who have claimed to possess a total explanation,
have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
- Salman Rushdie

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room
is something no power can easily destroy.
- Salman Rushdie

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most
conservative notions in any culture,
because it seeks to turn other ideas -
uncertainty,
progress, change - into crimes.
- Salman Rushdie

If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
- Salman Rushdie

I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.
- Salman Rushdie

In this world without quiet corners,
there can be no easy escapes from history,
from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
- Salman Rushdie

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend,
it ceases to exist.
- Salman Rushdie

Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles:
what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated
apartment becomes the fate of nations.
- Salman Rushdie

Writers and politicians are natural rivals.
Both groups try to make the world in their own images;
they fight for the same territory.
- Salman Rushdie

Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of
a human being in the twentieth century.
- Salman Rushdie

When thought becomes excessively painful,
action is the finest remedy.
- Salman Rushdie

Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens
people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.
- Salman Rushdie

I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.'
For a long time I stressed the absence,
the hole.
Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.
- Salman Rushdie

Our lives teach us who we are.
- Salman Rushdie

A book is a version of the world.
If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
- Salman Rushdie

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning,
not to find yours.
- Salman Rushdie

Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
- Salman Rushdie

I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in.
- Salman Rushdie

Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.
- Salman Rushdie

It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book.
You just have to shut it.
- Salman Rushdie

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is,
on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysical journey.
- Joseph Brodsky

All a poet can do today is warn.
- Wilfred Owen

Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet.
He must be a great original interpreter
of his time, his day, his age.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman
to a rose was obviously a poet;
the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
- Salvador Dali

Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the
greatest effects with the most limited means.
- Heinrich Heine

From the night, his solitude, the poet finds day and
starts a diary that is lethal to the inert.
The dark landscape yields a dialogue.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life
is the only life worth living.
- James Broughton

In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates,
the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and
climbs it while playing a violin.
- Edmond de Goncourt

Being Poet Laureate made me realize I was capable of a larger voice.
There is a more public utterance I can make as a poet.
- Rita Dove

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember
who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."
- Abraham Lincoln


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